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Browns' 5 RFAs sign

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 14, 2010

Faced with taking a pay cut that would have cost most of them $1 million this season, the Browns' five restricted free agents signed their one-year tenders Monday, a team spokesman confirmed.

Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and Matt Roth, running back Jerome Harrison, fullback Lawrence Vickers and safety Abram Elam had until 11:59 p.m. to sign or see the Browns' offer reduced to a 10 percent raise over their 2009 salary. For four of the five, that would have meant losing $1 million.

Jackson, Harrison, Vickers and Elam received tenders of $1.759 million. Roth, a five-year veteran who had asked to be traded, received a tender of $1.809 million.

Jackson, Elam and Roth skipped last weekend's mandatory minicamp, while Harrison and Vickers elected to participate after signing injury waivers. None were fined because they were unsigned.

Agent Brian Mackler said he will still pursue a new contract for Jackson, the Browns' leading tackler in 2007-08 who suffered a torn pectoral in Game 6 last season.

The Browns must cut five players from the roster before formally announcing the signings.


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